All of Adam Sandler's SNL Characters, Ranked 

Stephen Tompkins
Updated January 3, 2020 1.4k votes 404 voters 22.4k views 19 items

List Rules Vote up the greatest of all of Adam Sandler's characters from his time on Saturday Night Live.

Comedy legend Adam Sandler began his career at Saturday Night Live in 1990 as a writer for one season, before being added as a featured player the next year. It took him a while to find his voice, but by the height of his SNL career he was creating some of the most hilarious and memorable characters to ever grace the stage at Studio 8H. That's not to say there weren't some clunkers - looking at you, "Sleepyhead" - but he certainly had a knack for creating dumb, simple characters that got laughs.

What would the history of SNL be without the likes of Opera Man, Canteen Boy, or The Gap Girls? Here are the all original Adam Sandler SNL characters that he brought to the show over his six-year tenure, ranked from best to worst.

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Hank Gelfand
Hank Gelfand is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All of Adam Sandler's SNL Characters, Ranked
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Hank Gelfand was the exhausted husband of Beverley (Chris Farley) who flipped through the Zagat Guide to find a place to eat. Hank, who would rather be doing anything else, would say things like, "Take me God, I am ready to meet you!" and hold a toy gun to Bev's head as she bellowed about restaurant options.
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Brian is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All of Adam Sandler's SNL Characters, Ranked
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Sandler laid the groundwork for his role as the sad-sack boyfriend in romantic comedies with Brian, the lamenting host of "The Denise Show." The entire show is about Brian dwelling on his failed relationship with Denise, complete with Denise trivia segments and Denise-centric interviews with his friends.
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The Herlihy Boy
The Herlihy Boy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All of Adam Sandler's SNL Characters, Ranked
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While this sketch, like many others, was carried mostly by the hilarious and scene-stealing Chris Farley, it gave Sandler plenty of room to shine as well. The Herlihy Boy's earnest pleas to dog-sit, feed your dog and teach it tricks instantly won people over.
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Tony Vallencourt
Tony Vallencourt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All of Adam Sandler's SNL Characters, Ranked
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This one-off character sketch saw Sandler as a stereotypical Boston man and "wicked huge" Celtics fan, whose fondest memories of The Boston Garden are nothing but criminal activities like stealing Moses Malone's shoes, or beating up the organ player. It's worth noting that elements of this character inspired his character in the film Mr. Deeds.
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